Former Tyler coach pleads guilty to lesser charge, awaiting sentencing

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The trial for a former Bishop Gorman men’s basketball assistant accused attempting to sexually assault a UT Tyler student took place Monday in the 7th District Court.

Jakeal Lockett, 25, was charged with breaking into a women’s apartment and attempting to climb on top of her and kiss her without her consent. The incident occurred back on February 24 of this year.

Lockett plead guilty to the lesser charge of burglary with intent to commit assault, which is a second-degree felony, instead of a first-degree. He now faces 2-20 years in prison, instead of 5 years to life.

With the lesser charge, Lockett will not have to register as a sex offender.

The defense is seeking seven years of probation for the crime. The prosecution, while it did not object to the proposition, refused in court to endorse the sentencing recommendation.

The prosecution said to Judge Russell that they had talked with the victim and her family and they were satisfied with the plea deal.

He will be released on bond, with his sentencing hearing set for September 20 at 8:30 a.m. His lawyer said that he will be staying with his uncle down in Beaumont, which is his hometown.

The former Gorman coach received support from parents of children he coached, with four different parents in attendance. There were also multiple former UT Tyler players in court, including now Gorman assistant Demarcus Metcalf.

Multiple parents of Gorman children along with former UT Tyler players showed up in support of Lockett.

In the arrest warrant, Lockett is accused of stealing his girlfriend’s master key and entering the victim’s apartment without her permission. Lockett’s girlfriend worked in the apartment complex as an RA.

Back in February, he allegedly forced her down on the bed and tried to kiss her repeatedly while calling her by name. Eventually, the victim was able to push him off and he left.

Police say that Lockett took a receipt off a Whataburger bag that had his name on it that he brought with him. He then returned to his girlfriend’s apartment.

Lockett was the assistant men’s basketball coach for two years and the head middle school boys coach. The school released a statement at the time saying that Locket would not be allowed to have contact with students, pending the court case.

His name has been removed from their athletic page, but a school official said that this was normal because Lockett is not employed for the 2019-2020 season because assistants at the school are hired on a year-to-year basis.

Lockett was arrested on March 4 and charged with Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to commit a sexual offense, a first-degree felony. He has been held on a $250,000 in the Smith County Jail since the arrest.

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